So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:40-56)
The Miracle Of Twelve Years
There is a marvelous contrast in the life of Jesus when He is asked to leave the land of Gadarenes but welcomed with great anticipation in the land of the Galileans. Healing the man with the Legion spirit brought distrust and anger but coming into the region of Galilee Jesus was met by the multitudes who welcomed Him. In the crowd was a man extremely anxious to find Jesus. His twelve-year-old daughter lay sick unto death and he desperately needed to find the miracle healer. Jairus was a man of prominence. He was a ruler of the synagogue which brought him much power in his position of influence. None of this mattered to him now that his little daughter lay so gravely sick and there was no hope of her recovery. Seeking out Jesus was his final plea for mercy and he anxiously implored the Lord to come to his house.
On the way to the house of Jairus, a woman in the crowd brought the multitude to a standstill. For twelve years she had battled an issue of blood that had drained her finances and filled her life with misery seeking cures from everyone she could find. The nature of her disease would make her untouchable. Her embarrassment was heightened by her sickness making it impossible to approach Jesus directly and ask for a cure. In an incredible show of faith, she decided to quietly maneuver through the crowds and believed if only she could touch the garment of Jesus should would be healed. Coming behind Jesus she stretched out her hand and touched the border of His garment. Immediately she felt relief and Jesus felt power leave Him.
Jesus wanted to know who touched Him. What an amazing example of the divinity and humanity of the Lord. He knew power had flowed from Him but He did not know who had such great faith to seek healing by touching His garments. The woman had incredible faith to believe she could be healed with just a touch. Granting her desire, the Holy Spirit cleansed her of her disease. The greatest measure of faith came when Jesus called her out and she had to come before the Lord to confess her stealth. She began to tremble for fear of what may happen when everyone finds out what she did. Falling down before Him, the woman declared her plight and the blessing of her healing. Jesus did not rebuke her but commended the immense faith exhibited by her actions.
In the background, Jairus is pacing nervously over concern for his daughter. Why have we stopped and dealt with this woman? His daughter is dying and time is fleeting. His heart must have been bursting out of his chest. Then he saw the messenger approach and knew that something had happened with his child. The message was clear: his daughter had died. In an instant Jairus was crushed under the weight of grief. Jesus, perceiving the news exhorted the grieving father that all would be well. Arriving at the house, Jesus took Peter, James, John, Jairus and his wife into the room where they young child lay dead. Cries of anguish filled the house. Jesus told everyone to leave and He took the child by the hand and she lived. Commanding food be brought He charged them to tell no one what happened.
Two stories and one period of twelve years. The little girl was born nearly a decade before Jesus began His ministry and the woman first was diagnosed with her malady. Two lives that would intersect in the life of Jesus to show the power of faith from a father that believed Jesus could heal his daughter and a woman who believed healing could come from a slight touch. Twelve years corresponding the lives of a little girl and a woman who would come together in the same story as a memorial to love and courage. Two women that remain as monuments to the love of God in sending His Son to bring the healing power of His love over sin. Disease and death came from the sting of sin but Jesus conquered both. Twelve years came together in one day when Jesus healed a woman of faith and a little girl who had died.